October 11, 2019
When it comes to pregnancy and birth, the information and opinions out there are endless. It can be overwhelming. So as you begin packing the infamous hospital bag, we think the simpler, the better. You may have done the innocent Google search of “What should I pack in my hospital bag?” and discovered that there are a TON of blogs, just like this one, with a ton of different items that women are packing for their birth. One of our clients aptly put it, “Pinterest is all over the place between the minimalist list and what looks like I’d need a full-size suitcase.”
We value simple but high-quality. We value functional but beautiful. This list is filled with products from companies who value these things as well. These are products that you WILL want and WILL use in your hospital bag. Not only are we sharing products we love, but we are sharing discount codes with you that these companies are excited to share with us. So without further ado, here are our suggestions for what to pack in your hospital bag:
1. The Birth Outfit
We are sure you’ve seen them. It’s the faded pink and gray sack everyone is given when they check into their room at Labor and Delivery: the hospital gown. It’s the one that Sally wore in 1990 when she gave birth at the hospital and it’s also what the sick patients are wearing down the hall. The hospital gown gives medical staff access to you. It’s a purely functional piece of fabric and it can make you feel anything BUT comfortable and secure (hello, open back!). There was a study done suggesting that because the hospital gown is undignified it “adds to a sense of disempowerment and vulnerability”, which is not the mindset you want during your birth.
So what are your alternatives? Literally anything else. That’s right. You can wear whatever you want to wear or wear nothing at all. If you do want to wear something, we suggest it to be comfortable, functional, AND empowering so if/when your clothes do need to come off, the hospital gown isn’t slapped onto you. We are here to tell you that there IS a better, more beautiful way to labor and it comes in the form of the Dressed to Deliver Gown. The Luxe 3-in-1, Maternity, Birthing, & Nursing Gown is hospital approved and offers complete functionality and comfortability during labor and birth. It allows access for skin-to-skin, fetal monitors, epidural and IV administration, ultrasounds, cesarean birth, and incision inspection. It does everything a traditional hospital gown can do, but better.. and prettier… and sometimes, that makes all the difference. Get 20% off your Dressed to Deliver purchase when you use the code DOULAGUILD20.
Depending on your hospital’s policy, you may not be able to eat while you’re in labor and definitely not before a scheduled cesarean. This means you’ll be hungry after birth and rightly so. You’ll want protein-rich, energy-boosting food like protein bars and nuts. Including oatmeal packets is a great way to eat something warm to relieve internal cramping and to boost milk supply. Fiber-One bars are yummy and they help your tummy. We also highly recommend the pre- and postnatal nutrition bars and lactation bars from Nourisher Co as well as the Lactation bars they make. They have the moist, chewy texture of a Cliff bar, the delicious taste of a KIND bar, and the nutritional value of a massive salad topped with prenatal vitamins as croutons. Use code guilddiscount for 20% off your purchase.
3. Postpartum Clothing
After birth, your body is undergoing a second transformation as you enter into the “4th trimester”. Be kind to yourself
as you rediscover your body and care for your brand new baby. The clothes you wear immediately postpartum should be comfy and functional. That’s why we are obsessed with everything Kindred Bravely has to offer. From nursing bras that you’ll want to wear even when you’re not nursing to supportive postpartum leggings and nursing-friendly tops, Kindred Bravely is your one-stop-shop for postpartum clothing. We recommend packing two nursing bras, and a few sets of comfortable, pajamas as well as supportive, high-waisted leggings and nursing friendly tops. We love Kindred Bravely’s French Terry Bra (no snap, just whip it out) that you can sleep in because it’s so comfortable. We also recommend
their Jane Maternity and Nursing pajamas (currently on sale). One of the most popular community suggestions we got on a post a while back was a robe. Kindred Bravely has those too and they are so comfy. Shop our Affiliate Ambassador link and receive 20% off your first purchase: kindredbravely.com/thedoulaguild – Discount applied at checkout.
4. Postpartum Products
If your milk comes in while you’re at the hospital, you may want reusable nursing pads for your bra. The leakage is real and Kindred Bravely has some great ones you can get for 20% off. If you’ve given birth vaginally, you may want to consider a perineal spray to relieve pain and itching like Dermoplast or Earth Mama Baby Angel’s Herbal Perineal Spray for a more natural product.
Whether you give birth vaginally or via cesarean delivery, you will need to manage bleeding as your uterus shrinks and expels what has been left inside of it. This process can be uncomfortable and yucky. You’ll want to bring a few heavy-duty pads in your purse or bag to keep with you at all times. We recommend The Honey Pot Co’s Post-Partum Herbal Pads. They have a blend of natural and herbal ingredients that create a “cooling” effect that helps soothe soreness and calms cramping. They relieve discomfort, banish odor-causing bacteria, and balance your pH without the chemicals, toxins, or artificial fragrance. Use code HoneyBaby10 to receive 10% off your purchase.
5. Community Suggestions
We posted a while back asking local moms what they packed in their hospital bag. We got some great suggestions and wanted to share them with you here:
- Your own towel, shampoo, and conditioner
- Speaker for music during labor
- Hair ties
- Make-up bag
- Slippers/thick socks
- Sleepers to dress baby in (a button one if baby is hooked up to anything and a zipper one for ease of dressing and diaper changing)
- A Yeti or some kind of insulated water bottle
What you need will largely depend on what your hospital provides for you. Find out what your hospital provides new moms so your partner doesn’t have to lug an overly heavy bag into Labor and Delivery. Our final words of advice: keep the main things, the main things and try not to stress about this part of your To-Do list. Pack your bag and take a nap.